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Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:12 pm

It seems like Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin & FinTech/Blockchain are huge growing areas. I was wondering if people know of any big law firms that are very involved in this burgeoning industry?

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby SomewhatLearnedHand » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:18 pm

Anonymous User wrote:It seems like Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin & FinTech/Blockchain are huge growing areas. I was wondering if people know of any big law firms that are very involved in this burgeoning industry?


Recently had an event at my school where I had this discussion (i.e. sat silently and listened to) over lunch with two current V50 partners. They were speaking like blockchain is going to revolutionize legal practice / business in general. Not positive what firms are leading in this area, but one did mention they spoke to a partner at Cooley who said Cooley was looking to incorporate blockchain at the firm for contracts, docs, etc, so I assume they are heavily into it.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby ruski » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:19 pm

Anonymous User wrote:It seems like Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin & FinTech/Blockchain are huge growing areas. I was wondering if people know of any big law firms that are very involved in this burgeoning industry?


I think Hogan lovells has a team dedicated to cryptocurrency

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby SomewhatLearnedHand » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:23 pm

ruski wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:It seems like Cryptocurrency/Bitcoin & FinTech/Blockchain are huge growing areas. I was wondering if people know of any big law firms that are very involved in this burgeoning industry?


I think Hogan lovells has a team dedicated to cryptocurrency


Goodwin also has a strong FinTech practice from what I understand.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby nkr » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:25 pm

Perkins Coie and MoFo are active in this space.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Johann » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:42 pm

cooley is always really good at leading in these spaces.

perkins coie is hiring a lot nationwide to develop a group.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:16 pm

Anyone know what working within one of these practices in big law would entail? I'm assuming some regulatory stuff? but also venture capital financing? Do law firms represent on initial coin offerings?

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby SomewhatLearnedHand » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know what working within one of these practices in big law would entail? I'm assuming some regulatory stuff? but also venture capital financing? Do law firms represent on initial coin offerings?


I could be totally wrong here but I think any of the cryptos are on public exchanges yet so I'm not sure they used underwriters / firms. They're all traded on crypto exchanges right now but I'm not sure if those offerings are the same as a public offering. Bitcoin futures are going live on the Cbeo exchange real soon though so you might wanna check out what firm was on that.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:10 am

I'm in a niche transactional practice but I am super interested in this. Do practices tend to be focused in the Bay or are they spread out? Would a non-STEM background hurt, if I am otherwise very knowledgeable about crypto?

The dream would be to land in one of these groups in Texas, Chicago, or NoVa.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:34 am

SomewhatLearnedHand wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Anyone know what working within one of these practices in big law would entail? I'm assuming some regulatory stuff? but also venture capital financing? Do law firms represent on initial coin offerings?


:lol:

Sorry it's hard to take crypto seriously sometimes.

Bitcoin futures are supposed to start Dec 10 on CBEO (Sunday) / Dec 18 on CME. Should be fun to see how the currency takes it, but the increasing legitimization within the traditional financial sector will probably attract more biglaw work.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby BKing » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:35 am

FWIW, Allen & Overy invested in a Fintech company and recently helped the company issue world's first cryptocurrency bond.

http://www.allenovery.com/news/en-gb/ar ... vaura.aspx

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby Necho2 » Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:42 am

FinTech=/=Blockchain=/=Bitcoin

I imagine the first place most BigLaw firms are gonna get their feet wet is helping exchanges deal with lawsuits and CFTC/SEC actions in the next year. So maybe securities enforcement is the place to be?

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby ghostoftraynor » Fri Dec 08, 2017 3:05 am

Good luck having a job in six months if you get into this.

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Re: Cryptocurrency/FinTech in Big Law

Postby 1styearlateral » Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:37 am

ghostoftraynor wrote:Good luck having a job in six months if you get into this.

Blockchain, distributed ledgers, and smart contracts will be a thing and will change a lot of things like real estate, tax, and banking law.




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